Welcome to AP BIO!


AP Bio Update #5 03/31/20:  All Remote Learning Assignments for the "COVID Vacation" will now be provided on Neil's AP Biology Google Classroom.  Check your go.tahomasd.us email for the invite code, if you haven't already.  All Class Documents Needed while we are remote learning will be provided on Neil's AP Biology Google Classroom.  

AP Bio Update #4 03/26/20:  Make sure that you are checking your go.tahomasd.us email account for emails from your 2nd period teacher that you need to reply to ASAP, so we can confirm communication with all of our students and progress to remote learning in the next week.  My 2nd Period Chemistry has been sent an email from me directly.  All Students check your go.tahomasd.us inbox now and reply to your 2nd period teacher's email requests.

AP Bio Update #5 03/24/20:  As you've hopefully heard directly from College Board, the AP Bio Exam will still be available to take this year in a modified format.

From the College Board: "For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered."

"The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3." 

"To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March." 

The One Major Topic Area that Our AP Bio Class has not covered in detail yet and that is sure to be on the AP Bio Exam is that of Ecology = Chapters 52-55.  GRs 52-55 are available to download in the documents tab in Category 9 Animal Structure and Function + in 9B Ecology.  You will need to do additional self-preparation for those Chapters on your own to be best prepared for the exam.  The good news is that those Ecology Chapters and Topics are some of the most straight forward topics that few Tahoma students have traditionally struggled with.  We traditionally cover those Eco topics during the Eco Blitz, the week before the exam.  I will be posting my ETDs and Power Point Notes for those Ecology Topics soon.  I'm still working on resolving a technical issue related to a malfunctioning microphone to provide you with "ETD Video Lessons" that I hope to provide my students with to fortify your understanding.  Once I get them up and running, I'll tell your where to access them.  The "ETD Videos" will hopefully be like Transcription factors enhancing the formation of the Transcription Initiation Complex at the TATA Box of your mind....?  If that doesn't sound familiar, then your should review the key ideas at the end of Ch 18:) 

A reminder that Bozeman Biology on YouTube has awesome videos already made that review every topic that will likely be on the exam, including Stats questions like Chi Squared Analysis (X2) and Standard Error of the Mean (SEM) Graphing and Graphical Analysis. https://www.youtube.com/user/bozemanbiology 

Please see my #4 AP Bio Update below from 03/19/20 for info regarding review resources available to you on AP Classroom, which include "Progress Check" with practice Ecology Topic Questions.   

AP Bio Update #4 03/19/20:  Within your AP Classroom account that you established on the 1st day of class, I’ve unlocked all of the "Progress Checks" for Units 1 -8 for the MCQs and FRQs for my AP Bio AP Classrooms for Periods 4 + 5.  By logging into to your AP Classroom account and going to your AP Biology Class within that website, students can selected to be Self-directed learners able to build their skills on sample practice problems, view their results, and check their own progress as they prepare themselves for the AP Biology Exam.  None of the "assigned" work has an assigned due date and it will not be graded at this time.  The "Progress Checks" are unlocked for you, so you can decide how much you want to practice for the AP Bio Exam on your own.  These tools offer a chance to get a taste of what the exam questions and formatting are potentially like. 



AP Bio Update #3 03/18/20:  The Power Points for ETD 59 - 65 have successfully been uploaded to the "Documents Page".   The Power Points are relatively large files, so they will likely take some time to download off of Swift.  Patience increases your Fitness. 

To Access the ETD Notes for those days: 

1.  Click Documents

2. Go to the Drop Down Menu for "Categories"

3.. Click Unit "9 Animal Structure and Function"

4.  Go the 2nd page of documents for that Unit Category

5.  Download "ETD 60 introbodysys...." or the "ETD 61 Digest...", etc., for the Power Point Notes.

6.  Prepare to either expand your mind or fall asleep....

The Power Point Notes for ETDs 66 + Beyond...... will hopefully upload in the days to come. The Video Lessons that I hope to provide students with are a work in progress and are being delayed by technical needs/problems.  I'm also waiting for word from the district regarding the unified platform selected for "Enrichment Experiences".  So, continue to be patient, it's good practice for adult life :)

AP Bio Update #2 03/17/18:  Luck of the Irish To Ya!  Unfortunately, that holds true.  The Swift Website Platform is currently not permitting me to upload any new documents (including Power Point Notes that I've made for you) to the my AP Bio Swift Website for unknown reasons.  It's either the Leprechauns again (aka. Mr. Sias) or the fact that Nature's cells still work better than human technology. The Tech Dept. Administrator in charge of the Swift Websites is working on resolving the problem.  Be patient and in true Irish fashion, feel your Inner Potato growing by the power of Mitosis from too much Netflix time.  Just watch out for the Oomycetes.  We know how that turned out last time...:)  Neil...Hey, that sounds Irish, must have been a blight...   

COVID-19 Break AP Bio Update #1 03/14/20:  Teachers are in a holding pattern until Thursday, March 19, 2020, when the District Leadership will hopefully provide us with a unified plan for future "Educational Enrichment" offerings and the preferred platform on which district employees will be allowed to supply those experiences for our students. 

For the time being, there will be No Graded Assignments for AP Biology, and you are free to prepare yourself for the AP Bio Exam on your own by completing GRs 40 - 50 and SCAR Sheets for Ch 52-55 as we normally would do in preparation for the exam.   The knowledge in those chapters will be valuable to you, no matter what happens.  AP Central has a healthy supply of past FRQs to practice your knowledge on and to prepare your own mind.

I'll get more information out regarding the plans for AP Bio via this AP Bio Swift Website after our Staff meetings on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  

In the meantime, be patient, be safe, try to stay healthy, and help take care of your loved ones.  I've already stepped on 3 Legos... :) 

Good Luck,

Mr. Neil


The AP Bio Homework Calendar can be found on the Documents Page under the Category 1 Agenda + Hwk Calendar.  Click Categories and you will see all the Unit titles pop-up in the scroll down menu, then click 1 Agenda + Hwk Calendar.  Download the 2019-2020 AP Bio Homework Calendar Document and find on the Excel doc the date you were absent from class.  The homework will be listed on the Calendar.  The Calendar is currently updated all the way to Oct 23, 2019 the end of the Genetics Unit.   

The AP Bio Agenda showing Daily Homework Assignments and ETD's for Each Day can be found on the Documents page under 1 Agenda + Hwk Calendar. To see the Unit Titles and access the Documents for each unit, click Categories on the Documents Tab and choose the correct Unit from the drop down menu. 

Click the Unit we are currently studying and it will display all of the documents for that Unit, which you can then select, download, print, and complete prior to your return to class if absent. 


BIO BLOG:  Discussion Threads Can Be Accessed on the Discussion Tab of this Swift Website.

To Receive Extra Credit this Discussion Blog a Student Must:

1. Talk to their parent about today's entry task and learning target, sharing with their parent what they learned about these topics in today's AP Biology class . Remember that teaching others is the best way to learn.

2. Have their parent submit a comment to this discussion topic through my swift website reflecting what they found interesting from their discussion with their student/child.

3. The student must also submit their own comment about this discussion topic on my swift site in regards to what more they learned from discussing the topic with the parent.

Both the student and the parent must submit their comments to the discussion thread topics to receive extra credit for the student. The more discussion threads that you both submit, the greater the extra credit boost at the end of semester.

The ultimate goal of this is to get students to process the learning targets from each AP Biology lesson, so that they are ready for the AP Biology Test in May and to foster a connection between their learning at school and the learning that can continue at home with their parents.
Remember that teaching others is the best way to learn, don't be afraid to share your ideas.

Thanks for participating,
Jonathan Neil

ETDs and the Daily Agenda can be found on the Documents page under 1 Agenda.

Mr. Neil's AP Bio Swift Website

Events: Daily Agendas, Assignments, Homework and Major Projects, Due Dates, Test Dates, Special Instructions
Documents: Downloadable Syllabus, Some Assignment Sheets, Project Instructions, Study Guides, Etc.
Grades: A direct link to Skyward Family Access to access student grades
Contact Me: jneil@tahomasd.us
(425) 413-6277

Thanks for being responsible and checking swift.

Some Clarifications are listed below:
Please Remember:



CURIOSITY is the greatest intelligence.

To be great at something, you must love it. To be great at learning, you must love it first.

ETDs(Etry Task Diaries = Science Journal)
There will be an ETD entry for every day of class. It is required to have all of them completed. They are great study guides for the tests.


Students must complete a SCaR in their ETD(Entry Task Diaries)as an exit task every day that we have class.
SCaR = S(Simplify), C(Connect), a(and) R(Repeat)
Simplify = 3 Key Words and Ideas defined in your own words, short and sweet.
Connect = Draw a simple picture of the idea with labels
Repeat = 3 Other examples of the idea written or drawn
The deeper the SCaR (aka the more detailed your work), the longer the memory will last and the better your grade for it will be.


School is about learning, and proof of learning comes from the completion of assignments. Students are required to at least attempt to achieve the learning provided by their assignments, which means that they must attempt to complete all assignments fully. Fully completed assignments can get 100% credit. If a student completes 50% of the assigned work, then they can only get 50% credit, because of the student's lack of effort.

The HOMEWORK and ASSIGNMENT POLICY is 1 class late you lose 40%, 2 classes late you get a zero.


Students who are ABSENT have 5 school days to make up missed assignments from the day of that absence. If the assignments are not made up after five days then they receive a zero for the assignment. If a student is absent on the day that an assignment is due, that assignment needs to be turned in the day that they return to science class. ETDs occur everyday, it is the students job to complete all entrees, which requires 1st asking a fellow classmate what the missed ETD questions were. If you still have trouble finding out what they were, then come and ask me.


I am here Tuesday-Thursday after school in room 106 until 3:15 to help students that make the effort to come in for extra help. This time is for students who need to make up labs, tests, or just need some extra help with their assignments.